fervent

adjective
fer·vent | \ ˈfər-vənt \

Definition of fervent 

1 : very hot : glowing the fervent sun

2 : exhibiting or marked by great intensity of feeling : zealous fervent prayers a fervent proponent fervent patriotism

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fervently adverb

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impassioned, passionate, ardent, fervent, fervid, perfervid mean showing intense feeling. impassioned implies warmth and intensity without violence and suggests fluent verbal expression. an impassioned plea for justice passionate implies great vehemence and often violence and wasteful diffusion of emotion. a passionate denunciation ardent implies an intense degree of zeal, devotion, or enthusiasm. an ardent supporter of human rights fervent stresses sincerity and steadiness of emotional warmth or zeal. fervent good wishes fervid suggests warmly and spontaneously and often feverishly expressed emotion. fervid love letters perfervid implies the expression of exaggerated or overwrought feelings. perfervid expressions of patriotism

Examples of fervent in a Sentence

a fervent speech that called for tolerance and compassion for those who are different in the thick, fervent air of a tropical afternoon, a languor set in

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And Pompeo, now a fervent opponent of WikiLeaks in his role in the Trump administration, repeatedly cited the group to attack Clinton during the campaign, a CNN KFile review of his tweets and media appearances shows. Maegan Vazquez And Elise Labott, CNN, "Pompeo reaches out to Hillary Clinton to prepare for secretary of state role," 10 Apr. 2018 Muffling a more fervent leftist agenda of the past, AMLO argues that ending corruption alone will solve glaring inequality and unleash greater prosperity. Dudley Althaus, Washington Post, "Here’s what you need to know about Mexico’s presidential election," 1 July 2018 Romney’s stature as the GOP’s 2012 nominee and his return to national leadership would intensify scrutiny of his relationship to Trump and the president’s fervent base. Annie Linskey, BostonGlobe.com, "Mitt Romney wins GOP primary for Senate in Utah," 26 June 2018 Since barreling into the mainstream last year, XXXTentacion had become one of rap’s biggest and most controversial new stars, with a No. 1 album and a fervent congregation of young fans. New York Times, "XXXTentacion Signed $10 Million Album Deal Before His Death," 8 July 2018 Irsan, a 60-year-old Jordanian immigrant and fervent Muslim, is charged with killing Nesreen Irsan’s 28-year-old husband Coty Beavers in November 2012. Brian Rogers, Houston Chronicle, "911 call played to jury in Houston ‘honor killings’ death penalty trial," 7 July 2018 The fervent euroskepticism of Europe’s insurgent movements may strike many voters as a second-best alternative to a more convincing mainstream right. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, "Finding the Right Right for Europe," 5 July 2018 But when should even the most fervent late-round quarterback zealot consider taking one of the top passers? Michael Beller, SI.com, "Tips to Help You Ace Any Fantasy Football Draft," 4 July 2018 By 1924 though, Delcevare King, a Quincy banker, philanthropist, and fervent Anti-Saloon League activist, was shocked and dismayed to find that so many of his fellow citizens continued to thumb their nose at the 18th Amendment. Stephanie Schorow, BostonGlobe.com, "What should marijuana opponents do when their cause fails? A lesson from Prohibition," 23 June 2018

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First Known Use of fervent

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for fervent

Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin fervent-, fervens, present participle of fervēre to boil, froth — more at barm

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fervent

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly : having or showing very strong feelings

fervent

adjective
fer·vent | \ ˈfər-vənt \

Kids Definition of fervent

: felt very strongly fervent gratitude

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